July 24, 2001
Retired Teacher, 68
Eugene W. Cheplick of Roscoe, a retired high school teacher and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, July 19, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Helen Tehensky Cheplick, he was born December 24, 1932, in Olyphant, Pa.
A 1951 graduate of Olyphant High School and a 1955 graduate of Mansfield University, he also attended the University of Scranton and SUNY Cortland. Mr. Cheplick retired in September of 1994 after 36 years of teaching in the Roscoe Central School and two years in Bolivar.
Mr. Cheplick was a member of the NYS Teachers Association and the NYS Baseball Umpires Association. He coached for 22 years in Roscoe in baseball, football and golf. He was a communicant of the Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe.
In a family statement, it was said, "Chep was a devoted husband and loving father."
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Antoinette "Toni" Kman Cheplick, at home; two sons, Ken Cheplick of College Point and Rick Cheplick and his wife, Denise, of Houston, Tex.; four brothers, John Cheplick of Peckville, Pa., David Cheplick of Elmira, Joseph Cheplick of Bath and Tom Cheplick of Elmira; two sisters, Maryann Turko and Mildred Gongielenski, both of Olyphant, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Russell Cheplick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m on Tuesday at the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe, with the Rev. Alfred Croke officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Cheplick Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, Stewart Ave., Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
4th Grade Student, 10
Christopher Andrew Bartsch of Shohola, Pa., a fourth grade student at Shohola Elementary School and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He was 10 years of age.
The son of Kathleen Mazellan Bartsch and the late Andrew "Andy" Bartsch, he was born December 19, 1990, in Honesdale, Pa.
Christopher was a member of St. Ann's R.C. Church in Shohola, Pa., the Shohola Rod and Gun Club, the Delaware Valley Babe Ruth Baseball and PAYAL football teams.
In a family statement, it was said, "Chris' enjoyments were hunting, fishing, football, playing baseball with his brother, Brian, bike riding with his sister Jessica and just being with his cousins and friends."
He is survived by his mother, a brother, Brian Bartsch and a sister, Jessica Bartsch, all at home; his paternal grandparents, Frederick and Ingrid Bartsch of Greeley, Pa.; his maternal grandfather, Jack Mazellan of South Plainfield, N.J.; two great-grandmothers, Gertrude Bartsch and Hedwig Neuhaus, both of Greeley, Pa.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Friends may call at the Shohola Fire Hall in Shohola, Pa., on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at the fire hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday with Father David W. Cramer officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher Bartsch Fund, c/o Wayne Bank, Shohola, Pa. 18458 or to the Penn Star Bank in Milford, Pa. 18337.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
John J. Turi
Ret. Carpenter, 89
John J. Turi of Middletown, a retired carpenter for Nicholas V. Turi in Goshen and a longtime Orange County resident, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 89 years of age.
The son of Vito and Margaret DeCarlo Turi, he was born January 29, 1912, in the Bronx.
Mr. Turi was a member and former head usher of St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Middletown, a member of the Holy Name Society and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Stevens Turi, at home; four sons, Edward Turi of Middletown, John Turi of New Jersey, Steven Turi of Connecticut and Kirk Simone of Barryville; two daughters, Mary Anne Sarosky of Pennsylvania and Karen Flynn of Middletown; a brother, Thomas Turi of the state of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday at St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Middletown.
Interment was made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montgomery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's R.C . Church in Middletown.
Ret. Yard Super, 83
Ralph M. Simpson of Livingston Manor, a retired yard superintendent for the O&W Railroad in Middletown and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, July 20, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Merritt and Edith Caston Simpson, he was born August 10, 1917, in Livingston Manor.
Mr. Simpson was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a past member of the Hoos Truck Co. of the Livingston Manor Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie P. Simpson, at home; a son, Anthony "Butch" Simpson and his wife, Diana, of Livingston Manor; a brother, Robert W. Simpson Sr. and his wife, Edith, of Livingston Manor; four grandchildren, Traci, Ralph Anthony, Teri and Todd; eight great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by a brother, Harold Simpson and a niece, Sharon.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, with the Rev. Kathryn Loizeaux officiating.
Burial will be made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Ila J. Schaff
Ila J. Schaff of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late James L. and Ann Edwards Ward, she was born July 27, 1929, in Horton.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Kathy Schaff of Endicott; three daughters, Sarah Schaff of Livingston Manor, Rose Schaff of Puerto Rico and Dorothy Laws and her husband, the Rev. David E. Laws, of Monticello; a brother, Donald Ward of the state of Florida; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Ford and the Rev. David E. Laws officiating.
Burial will be made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Federation of Sportsman Clubs of Sullivan County, c/o Jack Danchak, 122 Jaketown Rd., Swan Lake, N.Y. 12783.
Victoria Burretto, 81
Victoria Burretto of Middletown, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, in Middletown. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Victor and Theresa Schumaci Sardella, she was born August 29, 1919, in Middletown. She was the widow of Joseph W. Burretto who died in 1977.
Mrs. Burretto was a member of the Adelphians Women's Social Club and a member of Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William J. and Eileen Burretto, at home; two brothers, Gerald Sardella of Middletown and Victor Sardella II and his wife, Marilyn, of Middletown; two sisters, Mary Formisano and Francis Catizone, both of Middletown; three grandsons, William Hallinan and his wife, Julie, of Middletown, Christopher Hallinan and his wife, Lisa, of Bloomingburg, and William Burretto Jr. of Middletown; two granddaughters, Kathleen Dawson and her husband, Thomas, of Goshen and Denise Burretto of Middletown; and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Joan Hallinan, who died in 1985.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Morse Funeral Home, 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown.
Burial will be made in the family plot in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church, 50 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Bertha Minckler Swendsen of Milanville, Pa., a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 72 years of age.
The daughter of the late Sanford and Irma Williams Minckler, she was born July 15, 1929, in Stalker, Pa.
Mrs. Swendsen was a member of the Calkins Union Baptist Church in Calkins, Pa., and the Independent Land Owners Association in Milanville, Pa.
She is survived by her husband, James Swendsen, at home; 10 children, Sandy Everard of Milanville, Pa., Larry Geer of Cochecton, Izzy Hendrix of Roscoe, Carol Jean Gillow of Long Eddy, Carol Gregg of Beach Lake, Pa., Bobby Olsen of North Branch, Della Johnson of Hancock, Teresa Swendsen Gillow of Beach Lake, Pa., James Swendsen of Milanville, Pa., and Donna Swendsen of California; two sisters, Alice Johnson of Long Eddy and Wanda Sutton of North Carolina; four brothers, Allan and Alvin Minckler, both of the state of Florida, Gerald Minckler of Long Eddy and David Minckler of Jeffersonville; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Lane Jones officiating.
Burial will be made in the Milanville Cemetery in Milanville, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Swendsen Family, c/o RR1 Box 1170, Beach Lake, Pa. 18405.
Pauline K. Rogers,
Textile Designer, 37
Pauline Keaveny Rogers of Long Eddy, a textile designer who was a leader in the business of creating and selling artwork to the most prestigious apparel companies in the world, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at her home. She was 37 years of age.
The daughter of Alfred and Mary Keaveny, she was born in Leigh, in Lancashire, England, on September 28, 1963. Her family were pub owners, coalminers and textile workers.
After attending art foundation courses at nearby Salford Tech, she applied to the prestigious Brighton Polytechnic College of Fashion. She applied for three years in a row and was rejected each time. She re-evaluated herself, redid her portfolio and was accepted on the fourth try.
After graduating from Brighton with an emphasis on knitted textiles in 1988, she moved to New York and worked several jobs in the garment district. She started her own company, Design Union, with a fellow Brighton graduate, Eileen Gleeson in 1992.
Design Union became the first New York studio to show their work in Indigo, a part of the Premier Vision trade show in Paris. There they introduced the concept of the full-dress swatch. Companies that bought and produced her sweater designs include Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, DKNY, Tse, Isaac Mizrahi, Christina Perrin, Dana Bachman, Anne Klein, BCBG, Lanvin, Kenzo and many others.
In 1997, she and her husband moved the knit division of the company to Sullivan County. From there, they sent work to New York City, Los Angeles, Europe and Japan.
She is survived by her husband of five years, Doug Rogers, and two sons, Caelum Vincent Rogers and Joseph Aaron Rogers, all at home; a sister, Marie, and her two children, George and Marie Elena Hadjianis of Athens, Greece; a brother, Michael Keaveny, and her parents, Alfred and Mary Keaveny, all of Leigh, England.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services will be held at the Halsey Cemetery Chapel in Long Eddy at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be made in the Halsey Cemetery in Long Eddy.